Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt of Court

After almost a month of deliberation by U.S District Judge Susan Bolton, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now a convicted criminal.  The immigration policies that led him to be nicknamed “America’s toughest Sheriff” also led to his demise.

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(Photo: Hannah Gaber/The Republic)

The judge ruled against Arpaio’s defense and rejected the notion that the order requiring him to stop his signature immigration round-ups was unclear and that the violations were uninteded.

The sentencing phase will begin Oct. 5, and the misdemeanor carries a maximum of 6 months prision and 3 years probation plus fines.

You can bet the former Sheriff will exhaust every legal means appealing the verdict.

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